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Nikon D90 DX-Format CMOS DSLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)

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  • Built-in Flash
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  • Video Capability

Nikon D90: Highly recommended by dpreview.com
Read the full Nikon D90 DSLR review at dpreview.com
We described the D80 as a photographer's camera and, despite the addition of video, the D90 appears to share that same ethos. On a purely specification level, it's a highly competitive piece of kit, but it's the way the features have been chosen and put together that make it the camera that it is.

The D90 viewfinder is amongst the best you'll find on any APS-C camera and it sits above the highest-resolution screen we've yet seen on a camera of this class. The buttons are well chosen and sensibly positioned, and the two-dial interface is a pleasure to use. (Buyers coming from other systems can even reverse the operation of the meter and dials to make everything that bit more familiar).

Read the full Nikon D90 digital SLR review at dpreview.com

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  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 4 x 3 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B001ET5U92
  • Item model number: 25446
  • Batteries 2 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (799 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,247 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 27, 2008

Product Description

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From the Manufacturer

Fusing 12.3-megapixel image quality inherited from the award-winning D300 with groundbreaking features, the D90's breathtaking, low-noise image quality is further advanced with EXPEED image processing. Split-second shutter response and continuous shooting at up to 4.5 frames-per-second provide the power to capture fast action and precise moments perfectly, while Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System contributes to faster 11-area autofocus performance, finer white balance detection and more.

Nikon D90 digital SLR highlights

The D90 delivers the control passionate photographers demand, utilizing comprehensive exposure functions and the intelligence of 3D Color Matrix Metering II. Stunning results come to life on a 3-inch 920,000-dot color LCD monitor, providing accurate image review, Live View composition and brilliant playback of the D90's cinematic-quality 24-fps HD D-Movie mode.

Nikon D90 DX Digital SLR Highlights

Nikon Digital SLR image quality

The D90 incorporates a newly developed DX-format CMOS image sensor with technology directly inherited from the D300, Nikon's DX-format flagship. With its 12.3 effective megapixels and extraordinarily high signal-to-noise ratio, the D90 delivers low-noise images with detail and tonal gradation beyond your expectations, while Nikon's Integrated Dust Reduction System works to free image-degrading dust particles from the sensor's optical low-pass filter.

Nikon D90 digital SLR highlights
Nikon's comprehensive EXPEED technology is engineered to make the most of the sensor's rich, 12.3-megapixel data. The result--color, detail and high-speed processing inspired by the groundbreaking D300. The D90's image-processing engine produces high-resolution pictures at remarkable speeds, better enabling high-speed continuous shooting. EXPEED also contributes to the outstanding performance of other powerful features, including Live View and the new Face Detection System.

The D90 captures up to 4.5 images per second. Accurate 11-point autofocus is now even faster and more intelligent, aided by Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System. The unique Nikon 420-pixel 3D Color Matrix II Metering system, now enhanced by EXPEED image processing technologies, delivers extraordinary exposure accuracy -- immediately evident when reviewing images on the D90's super-density 3-inch 920,000-dot color LCD monitor.

New D-Movie Mode Features 720p HD cinematic quality
A new idea for D-SLRs, the D90 offers a movie function, allowing you to shoot movies in three different motion JPEG formats: 320 x 216 pixels, 640 x 424 pixels and 1,280 x 720 pixels. Now you can capture life's moving moments with added drama by using many of Nikon's NIKKOR lenses, including the AF DX Fisheye 10.5mm f/2.8G ED and the Micro-NIKKOR lenses. The shallow depth of field can give your movies a more creative and emotional impact. An additional benefit is the D90 image sensor, which is much larger than a typical camcorder for higher image quality and exceptional high ISO performance during low-light shooting.

Continuous shooting as fast as 4.5 frames-per-second
The D90 captures crucial moments thanks to its impressive 0.15-second start-up time, 65-millisecond shutter-release time lag (CIPA standard) and ability to shoot at 4.5 frames a second for up to 100 shots*.

Low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200
The D90 gives you the freedom to shoot in a remarkably wide variety of lighting conditions, including dimly lit scenes, without worrying about image-degrading noise. ISO can be raised as high as Hi 1 (ISO 6400 equivalent) or lowered to Lo 1 (ISO 100 equivalent).

3-inch super-density 920,000-dot color LCD monitor
The D90's 3-in., approx. 920k-dot LCD monitor provides unprecedented quality of image display. A wide 170-degree viewing angle makes it easy to confirm focus after shooting or during Live View.

Built-in image sensor cleaning
Effective 4-frequency, ultrasonic sensor cleaning frees image degrading dust particles from the sensor's optical low pass filter.

11-point AF system with Face Priority
Thanks to Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module, the D90's 11-point AF system has fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame with the most sensitive AF sensor operating from the center.

In addition, the D90 has versatile AF-area modes to handle most shooting situations. The center focus point can be switched from normal to wide according to the movement of the subject.

One-button Live View
With the D90's Live View function, you can shoot effectively without looking through the viewfinder. Simply press dedicated Live View button for instant access. Three contrast-detect AF modes let you focus on any point in the frame.

Nikon D90 digital SLR highlights

Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System
Nikon's renowned 420-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II, teamed with the exclusive Scene Recognition System, evaluates images, referencing an on-board database of over 30,000 photographic scenes, for unmatched exposure accuracy.

Nikon D90 digital SLR highlights

Advance Scene Modes
When you're not sure which camera settings are appropriate, simply rely on the Advanced Scene Modes. Just turn the mode dial to the appropriate icon: Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports or Night Portrait. Unlike traditional scene modes, the D90 will automatically optimize the exposure, image processing, Active D-Lighting, and Picture Control to get the most out of your subject matter. What's more, the D90 has exceptional low-noise performance and accurately adjusts the camera settings whether VR (Vibration Reduction) is activated or not, so you can expect beautiful, crisp images, even in many low-light scenes.

Auto Active D-Lighting
Details in the shadows and highlighted areas of your photos are often lost when strong lighting increases the contrast between the bright and dark areas of your image. Nikon's unique Active D-Lighting technology accurately restores these important details by localizing tone control while you shoot. Choose from four levels, including the new Extra High. Active D-Lighting can be used manually or set to Auto mode. It is also possible to bracket your pictures to get one with Active D-Lighting and one without.

Durable, high-precision shutter
Reliability is not a luxury--it's a necessity. That's why Nikon subjected numerous D90 shutter mechanisms to grueling 100,000-cycle shutter-release tests with the unit fully assembled in the camera.

Nikon D90 digital SLR highlights
Built-in, Pop-up Flash
The D90 is equipped with Nikon's i-TTL flash control, renowned for consistently accurate and balanced flash exposures. The built-in flash has an 18mm lens coverage and works as a wireless commander, controlling up to two independent groups of an unlimited number of remote Speedlights and providing incredible creative lighting control--on location or in the studio.

In-camera image editing
Creative freedom stems from exclusive in-camera image editing, featuring Fisheye effect, Straighten and Distortion Control as well as D-Lighting, Red-eye Reduction, Image Overlay, Monochrome and more.

HDMI Compatible
You can enjoy both still images and movies shot with the D90 via HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) with the global-standard digital A/V signal transfer. HDMI Mini connector is employed.

GPS geo-tagging
The optional GP-1 GPS unit provides automatic real-time geo-tagging.

What’s in the box: Nikon D90 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only), EN-EL3e Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery, MH-18a Quick Charger, UC-E4 USB Cable, EG-D2 Audio/Video Cable, AN-DC1 Neck Strap, BM-10 LCD Monitor Cover, BF-1A Body Cap, DK-5 Eyepiece Cap, DK-21 Rubber Eyecup, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap, Nikon Software Suite CD-ROM, User Guides and 1-Year Nikon U.S.A. Warranty.

Product Description

Fusing 12.3-megapixel image quality inherited from the award-winning D300 with groundbreaking features, the D90's breathtaking, low-noise image quality is further advanced with EXPEED image processing. Split-second shutter response and continuous shooting at up to 4.5 frames-per-second provide the power to capture fast action and precise moments perfectly, while Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System contributes to faster 11-area autofocus performance, finer white balance detection and more. The D90 delivers the control passionate photographers demand, utilizing comprehensive exposure functions and the intelligence of 3D Color Matrix Metering II. Stunning results come to life on a 3-inch 920,000-dot color LCD monitor, providing accurate image review, Live View composition and brilliant playback of the D90's cinematic-quality 24-fps HD D-Movie mode.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Also the HD video on it is great. I use it to make youtube videos and the quality is very nice and professional looking. I love this camera. Read more ›
By far one of the greatest purchases I have ever made. Quality of pictures is fantastic. Absolutely no complaints! Read more ›
Pictures are wonderful. Vendor was fast and efficient Read more ›
I get asked to bring my camera along all the time to events because the quality of these photos are so amazing. The body isn't too heavy and it's easy to operate. Read more ›
I am so happy with this camera, it has never let me down as of yet. The quality of the images is great, I love that I have an enormous array of options to choose from. Read more ›
It still works just as well as the day I bought it. The quality of the images is excellent. I find it easy to use and is my trusted friend when I'm shooting an event that… Read more ›
Ability to take 5 minute video is a real plus. Degree of customization options is very great. This camera will do anything you need. Read more ›
The photo quality is great and I love that I can save photos in raw as well as JPEG formats. The menus are easy to use and navigate. Overall, a very good camera. Read more ›
The D90 offered the best overall…Auto mode is as easy as any other camera, video is OK, better than what I expected given some of the negative comments I have seen on here. Read more ›
For a DSLR, it has pretty easy controls. Once you familiarize yourself with the camera and the features you are good to go. Switching between modes and changing settings is… Read more ›
I wish all these cameras had screens that were better at…The auto bracketing functions are really cool, but not special to this camera...they all seem to have that now. I… Read more ›
So far, the D90 is great. It is made for a photographer, and the controls are well laid out and easy to access. The picture quality is exceptional. Read more ›
Image Quality: As many know image quality with SLR also relies on the lenses, with the right…The kit lenses are a great place to start and give you a wide range of uses. Read more ›
I know it was used but did not think it came with those details. The lens is good and the flash also works well Read more ›
I did add…The kit lens is awesome, not the fastest aperture in the world but the 18-105mm coverage allows it to work equally well in wide-angle through moderate telephoto. Read more ›
While others said they had error messages or issues with the lenses locking correctly, I have not had…My lenses have been secure and I have not received any error messages. Read more ›
It is my first DSLR and I couldn't be happier with it. It takes amazing pictures, the 18-105 lens is perfect for what I wanted so I really don't ever need to change it. I… Read more ›
This is the first DSLR that I've owned, and it was really easy to learn how to take great photos on the…The kit lens is fairly good but an upgraded lens is always a plus. Read more ›
Its easy to use, replaceable lance, pictures are nice and clear. It is very good if you are just starting your photography career. Read more ›
I have used this camera for quite a while now and I have to say it is awesome! It is so easy to operate and produces some of the best photos ever. I love everything about… Read more ›
its photos are more beautiful than what i took with the nikon 5000 i replaced with this one. accepts tons of old nikon lenses and is easy to use. i am taking amazing… Read more ›
I seldom if ever use the video feature but for someone who…Even the newer so called "lower" consumer bodies has better and easier to use video recording functions. Read more ›
Quick shipping camera in perfect condition. Fewer bells and whistles than newer models but easy to use and the pic quality is great Read more ›
Totally overjoyed with this purchase! It's fairly intuitive for basic use and the automated settings and I can't wait to learn everything it can do! Read more ›
The Nikon D90, beat my expectations in a 150%. The video quality is amazing. Is a very usefull camera for night events. Read more ›
I love having it and I take it everywhere. The video is really fun. The images are beautiful and you can get really nice prints. Read more ›
Perfect for people who are looking for an upgrade with not too many drastic changes but…The video is a cool feature that I never thought I would need-little did I know. Read more ›
It's handy to have around for sporting events where the zoom and auto-focus comes in handy. The video is great, but it's not HD. It doesn't really make a difference to me,… Read more ›
Excellent camera; added feature of video is useful. The LCD display is superior to that of the D80. Read more ›
Of course, editing software is a plus, but this camera takes such beautiful raw (not just RAW) pictures, editing isn't as necessary as…The 720p, 24fps video is a plus, too! Read more ›
Also, I wear glasses so the live view helps in framing shots too. The LCD is so bright, even in outdoor use. I have only had the camera with 18 x 105 mm lens for about a… Read more ›
Some of those small ultralite cameras are hard to hold steady. The preview feature of the big screen is great. I opted for the extra grip that holds a second battery so it… Read more ›
All the buttons I need are right at my finger tips (WB, ISO, shooting modes S,CL,CH all this with out having to go into…Very bright and nice 920K 3" LCD Screen is amazing. Read more ›
There is a lot to learn about this camera for first time SLR owners but…The LCD is nice and big on the back for image review, camera has a very nice feel to it in your had. Read more ›
Raw NEF files seem to need less processing after than the ones from my D50. The screen is big, bright & colorful. There are a ridiculous number of custom settings for… Read more ›
The screen is also great for viewing the camera setting especially in situations where it is difficult to see on the traditional small monochrome LCD located on the top… Read more ›
So I also bought the lens seperately which one I need. Price is also reasonable. Nothing need to say about the product it self of course :) Read more ›
The bottom line is the D90 even with a slightly inflated price is an excellent camera that takes quality images even under the most demanding conditions. If you are… Read more ›
I can't imagine anything better!!!! A must have if you want a great camera at a logical price. Read more ›
Exceptional camera, great price. I have taken thousands of pictures with this camera and has work very well for me. Read more ›
It takes awesome pictures. Its not cheap but its well worth the price. Read more ›
Good price, Good pictures. A friend suggested it and have eally enjoyed using it and at a good price Thanks Read more ›
The ISO goes to 3200…The automatic focus is quick, so you don't lose that all important action shot and you can lock in on the subject and recompose your pic, love that. Read more ›
We have a Nikon P90 which does not do well at all inside our house where we have mostly recessed lighting, but the D90 took perfect pictures…Autofocus was extremely fast. Read more ›
Around 24mm is where I've noticed…Since it's an AF-S lens (meaning the focusing is done by a motor within the lens rather than the screw drive), autofocus is VERY quick. Read more ›
It is a cool little feature, but your average point-and-click probably produces better HD videos. The video quality is great on the D90, but the focus is a HUGE problem. If… Read more ›
I…I transfered the pictures through ViewNX which shows you where the focus was aimed at and seen pictures where the focus is sharp on the pants when the focus was on the eyes. Read more ›
The metering handles most lighting situations very well. Focussing is very fast and accurate. The D90 is capable of taking astonishingly good photos with minimal fuss or… Read more ›
I love everything about this camera. The colors are awesome and you have a lot of control over the camera. I also like the fact that I can use bracketing and older lenses… Read more ›
The problem wasn't the lens, since I compared…Have to say though that the color fidelity was excellent and the images could be made to be very nice with image processing. Read more ›
It is disappointing that anything would break in the first…Before it malfunctioned it worked beautifully though - excellent image rendition and the colors were magnificent. Read more ›
I am in love with this Nikon, for the most part it does everything I need quite well. Colors are excellent, vibration reduction is great, and it is low-noise. I was fairly… Read more ›
The camera feels terrific in my hands, has all the necessary features for a DSLR today (live view,…The color saturation is also wonderful (maybe the new CMOS sensor). A… Read more ›
The picture quality is excellent - very sharp with great color fidelity and enormous potential for customization. The only detractors are the hefty weight especially with… Read more ›
My…The exposure bracketing button is well placed and makes it simple and fast to move into a bracketing mode as I often do when a scene lends itself to HDR processing. Read more ›
Okay, I exaggerate, but it is…Button placement is perfect, and coupled with the literally thousands if not millions of Nikon accessories out there, it is a no-brainier. W… Read more ›
Simply, just…The placement of the buttons is great, the menus are intuitive, the hi iso is just impressive, the functionality is really tuned to give you best experience. Read more ›
Hopefully the new one will not have the same problem. Otherwise the camera IQ and user interface are great, though noise reduction is a tad bit overwrought. Read more ›
Coming from the D50, the viewfinder is bright and bigger. Buttons are positioned well and reachable. LCD is ultra sharp and huge. Read more ›
After my trusty D80 broke on me, and with no time to repair…Upon first grasp of the D90, it feels instantly solid and purpose-built; all the buttons are perfectly placed. Read more ›
So far I have been very pleased with my choice. The low light capability up to 3200 iso is fantastic. 6400 is pushing it though. Read more ›
Image quality in high ISO is very good, but it is best to shoot at ISO 800 and below. The great image quality in high ISO is due to Nikon sensor and software that control… Read more ›
This is relief: you can peacefully shoot up to ISO 3200, while the G5 was out by the ISO 200. Also, Auto ISO is great in low light. - Kit lens is great. Read more ›
The ISO range is very good, but the metering is not always at it's best. I have shot few hundreds photos with 3F auto exposure bracketing but sometime I got all 3 shots… Read more ›
I've been really impressed with the shots…I didn't like to use ISO 1600 on my D60 as I thought it was too noisy, but I feel perfectly comfortable using ISO 1600 on my D90. Read more ›
Purchased the D90 to replace a D70. The primary features that were desired was greater ISO rating, larger playback LCD display and in camera image management and review. I… Read more ›
But, I have a Sony HD camcorder for that. The remote wireless flash is very nice. No need to add a wireless flash transmitter, because it's built in. Read more ›
Image…The built in flash is good for emergency use but without handmade adjusters (to blur the light) it's way too close to the center line to give nice soft light pictures. Read more ›
The screen is really big and clear, awesome for viewing photos. The built in flash is good, it doesn't make photos look too bright and cheesy. :) There are a lot of options… Read more ›
Low-light shots without flash are sharp and color perfect. Daytime shots are punchy and crisp. Read more ›
Until now, all shots I've got have presented a great quality and diference in comparison to non-SLR cameras. The flash is really powerfull. The camera is easy to manage,… Read more ›
get the body and think about investing in the 18-200mm VR nikkor lens. sb-400 flash is excellent add-on. quality and easy to use! Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

942 of 956 people found the following review helpful By Alan G. on October 20, 2008
Style Name: With 18-105mm Lens
Several months before the D90 came out, I bought a D60 to hold me over until the D90 was released. Well, I've enjoyed using both cameras, but this one is a huge step up and more suited to an advanced enthusiast, like me. It's a real pleasure to use.

ERGONOMICS - The D90 is solid, tight, and well-balanced with the 18-105 VR lens. It's always ready and it shoots very fast. I love all the direct access buttons; they're easy to press, with good tactile feedback. And since you're not going into the menus as much, you can work faster. It's heavier than the D60, but that's OK. It's still very manageable to carry around and it fits my average-sized hand better too. The shutter sounds different than the D60 (if that matters to you). It sounds more like a professional camera; more like a fast "whoosh" than a "click-click". And there are so many internal customizations that you can set it up exactly as you want.

LENS - Biggest surprise was the 18-105 VR lens which I expected would be ho-hum, but turned out to be pretty sharp and clear. Better results than the 18-55 VR. We've really come a long way from the days (30 years ago) when you were cautioned to ALWAYS to buy a prime lens, NEVER the kit lens because of it's poor image quality. With computer-aided design and new technology, that's not true anymore.

IMAGE QUALITY - I shoot RAW for maximum detail and the ability to adjust settings afterward if necessary - like exposure or white balance. Image quality is very good to excellent depending on your RAW converter. To my eye, best results are obtained with View NX/Capture NX, but Adobe ACR/Lightroom still do a very good job (2010 UPDATE; After using Lightroom the past year, raw conversions are beautiful and far quicker to achieve than Capture NX).
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445 of 454 people found the following review helpful By Earl E. A. Dopter on November 29, 2008
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There are plenty of reviews out there, and I don't want to be redundant. So here are some helpful points that I had a hard time ferreting out when doing my research before pulling the trigger on this purchase, given that I was upgrading from a D60 and that I am, like many who are reading reviews on this product, not a professional:

1. I owned the D40, then the D60. So this is my third Nikon. I had trouble deciphering how my lenses, purchased for the D40/D60, would behave when used in this new model. The answer is that the D90 handles all of them perfectly. This includes lenses that have the HSM built in (the Hyper Sonic Motor is packaged in the lens, because the D40/D60 range doesn't have a built in auto-focus motor) as well as those with no internal motor. The D90 has an internal focus motor, so all lenses built for Nikon cameras will auto-focus, including the Nikon 50mm f1.8 lens that I had to manually focus in the D60.

2. The D90 is heavier, but certainly not uncomfortable to hold or carry. Weight will not be a discouraging factor in purchasing this camera.

3. The D90 takes different batteries, so any spares you have for the earlier models will not work on it. Battery life is truly outstanding. I am not even going to buy a spare battery.

4. The user interface is completely different from the D40/D60. I found it intuitive however. The functionality is just superb, much easier and more flexible. This is a pro level camera with the ease of use of a high end amateur camera.

5. Live view is a great enhancement. Really.

Overall, there is nothing I can say negative about the D90. It's everything I was hoping it would be, and it's so worth the money to upgrade.
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I am far from a professional photographer, but I take it as seriously as possible while still referring to it as a hobby. I take mostly pictures of people at events and many of my baby son without flash in low light situations.

I had been using a Nikon D40x for 1 year and very early reached my limitation with that camera. The Nikon D40x has very nice image quality, but the camera's interface is not suited for a more serious shooter who wants quick single button or dial access to such shooting parameters such as white balance, shooting mode, metering mode, etc. I also felt very limited by the D40x not having an in-body focus motor that would allow me to use non AF-I/AF-S lenses (which are lenses without the focus motor built-in).

The Nikon D40x limitations were severe enough that I was about to consider purchasing a Canon 40D until the Nikon D90 appeared just in time.


1. Fantastic set of separate buttons on the camera to control parameters like ISO, white balance, metering, autofocus, image quality, shooting mode, etc.
2. Two command dials
3. High resolution 920K pixel LCD screen (like the one on the Nikon D300)
4. 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor
5. Low noise high ISO capability (for low light shooting) I can shoot ISO 1600 with good image quality with this camera, while on my D40x I could only shoot with ISO 400 and obtain acceptable IQ. I will even use ISO 3200 frequently with very usable results!
6. Separate top-viewing LCD screen in addition to the rear high res screen, to show shooting parameters constantly
7. In-body focus motor which allows the use of Nikon's non AF-I/S lenses, including wonderful and CHEAP prime lenses such as the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 (~$100 lens!)
8. Continuous shooting of 4.
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